Disney announced changes to its theme park policies on stroller size, smoking and ice at its properties like Walt Disney World, Epcot, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida and Disneyland in California.
Universal Orlando’s new roller coaster will race through Hogwarts’ Forbidden Forest at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guided by Hogwarts’ mishap-prone gamekeeper Hagrid, encountering magical creatures.
Disney announced opening dates for Galaxy’s Edge, the land where theme park guests will be able to join the Resistance in its battle against the First Order in the Star Wars saga, in Orlando and California.
Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort announced that its new Harry Potter-based amusement park coaster, “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure,” opens at the Florida park on June 13.
Even before Star Wars land Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s a big year for FL theme parks with new rides making their debut at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Legoland and Universal parks.
Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek revealed names of two rides under construction in new Star Wars lands. Smugglers Run is set aboard Millennium Falcon, and Rise of the Resistance takes place on a Star Destroyer.
Epcot, approaching its 40th anniversary, is getting a replacement show for IllumiNations, a “story-telling” Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, Beauty and the Beast singalong and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Disney World’s line-up of cranes and bulldozers means new attractions are being built: Tron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille, Minnie and Mickey’s Runaway Railway, Star Wars hotel, Galaxy’s Edge, Skyliner and more.